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“Benghazi Report Released
The House select committee investigating the September 2012 attacks on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, released its final report today. There are certainly some new details that offer a fuller picture of what took place on the ground there and the reaction here in Washington. Some details are quite compelling and should be topics of national debate.
For example, in an addendum to the committee’s report, Representatives Jim Jordan and Mike Pompeo tell us that the State Department needlessly delayed the deployment of a Marine response team. Why? The reason will shock you. According to Jordan and Pompeo:
“What has also emerged is a picture of the State Department eating up valuable time by insisting that certain elements of the U.S. military respond to Libya in civilian clothes and that it not use vehicles with United States markings. . . We will never know exactly how long these conditions delayed the military response but that they were even a part of the discussion is troubling.”
One commander told congressional investigators that “during the course of three hours, he and his Marines changed in and out of their uniforms four times.”
To paraphrase our former secretary of state, what difference does it make what clothes they are wearing?! If armed thugs are trying to break into your house, do you care if the police show up in uniforms or plain clothes?
Another portion of the report reveals that career officials within the State Department were deeply concerned that then-United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice went so far “off the reservation” in her public comments about the cause of the attacks.
As you may recall, Rice went on five Sunday talk shows — several days after the attacks — and repeated the myth that it was all a protest in response to a YouTube video. Other officials expressed an unwillingness to go “on the record” with the CIA’s terrible talking points. One expressed his frustration with the Obama White House, which was “very worried about the politics.”